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I have firmed a place at Loughborough for Accounting and Financial Management. However, I am slightly apprehensive because I didn't study Maths at A Level; I got a "B" at GCSE. To those with experience, is it really true that you don't have to be very good at maths to do well in this degree?
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How did you get a place without A Level Maths, don't they require it? Also, what A Levels did you do?
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How did you get a place without A Level Maths, don't they require it? Also, what A Levels did you do?
There are many good universities that do not require A Level Maths. I'm currently studying Business Studies, Religious Studies and Psychology.
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(Original post by fbrep2012)
I have firmed a place at Loughborough for Accounting and Financial Management. However, I am slightly apprehensive because I didn't study Maths at A Level; I got a "B" at GCSE. To those with experience, is it really true that you don't have to be very good at maths to do well in this degree?
I don't have any experience with this however, I know there are foundation courses for different subjects which are basically aimed at ensuring students have the skills required for the actual degree. So some of the first year of your degree may aim to bring your maths skills up to A-level/degree standard. This is just a guess, though.

If you feel apprehensive write an email to the admissions tutors, they'll tell you what you want to know!

Well done on the offer!
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There are many good universities that do not require A Level Maths. I'm currently studying Business Studies, Religious Studies and Psychology.
At UEA they bring you up to speed, so most people skip the early maths module lectures.
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I got a First Class Honours in my Accounting & Finance degree, and it was also a fast-track, and I don't have an A-Level in Maths (but I do in Accounting) and I got a C in GCSE Maths (I was a bit of a tear-away in High School).

So no, you shouldn't have an issue with doing a degree in Accounting & Finance without Maths.
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I got a First Class Honours in my Accounting & Finance degree, and it was also a fast-track, and I don't have an A-Level in Maths (but I do in Accounting) and I got a C in GCSE Maths (I was a bit of a tear-away in High School).

So no, you shouldn't have an issue with doing a degree in Accounting & Finance without Maths.
Okay thank you for the reassurance. Just out of interest, where did you study and are you on a graduate scheme programme at the moment?
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Nope they don't require Maths are A level, well a lot of them don't. I did Accounting and Finance at uni and the only regret I have is not picking it as an A level. I did maths and I didn't find that it helped me to much to be honest (besides the maths related modules and there weren't many)
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Nope they don't require Maths are A level, well a lot of them don't. I did Accounting and Finance at uni and the only regret I have is not picking it as an A level. I did maths and I didn't find that it helped me to much to be honest (besides the maths related modules and there weren't many)
Thanks for your insight. Where did you study? Would you say that the course, in line with its stereotype, is dull/boring? How many hours would you say you dedicated each week to studying?

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(Original post by fbrep2012)
Thanks for your insight. Where did you study? Would you say that the course, in line with its stereotype, is dull/boring? How many hours would you say you dedicated each week to studying?

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Unlike most of TSR, I went a pretty bad university (uwl). Haha I guess it depends on the person. Personally having no background in accounts was a bit tricky and took me a while to pick up on the basics but to me it was kind of boring (don't let this put you off though it varies depending on the person). I got a 2:1 at the end thankfully. I didn't put that much into studying to be honest and a lot of it was left last minute which is not advisable lol. Good luck!
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Okay thank you for the reassurance. Just out of interest, where did you study and are you on a graduate scheme programme at the moment?
No probs,
I studied at The University of Staffordshire (I know.. not exactly the best uni).
And yes, upon graduating I was offered a number of roles-
One was with Countrywide PLC, in a property lettings manager programme - but I declined the offer, as I wanted to utilise more of my financial skills, as opposed to property management.
Another was in Auditing with Grant Thorntons LLP.
I also had final stage assessment centre with Baker Tilly, which I did not attend as I accepted a different offer:-

I accepted an offer with Atos: an IT giant that works in a number of sectors, that has just taken over Siemens, Phillips, Origin, Xerox and KPMG Consulting.
The role is in industry finance, as a Graduate Finance Specialist; I'll be studying either ACCA or CIMA (haven't yet decided, as I am due to start in August... I know its ages away! Think I might go travelling). Starting salary £26k, lots of benefits including 6 month salary reviews. Also allocated 2 days in the week to study.
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No probs,
I studied at The University of Staffordshire (I know.. not exactly the best uni).
And yes, upon graduating I was offered a number of roles-
One was with Countrywide PLC, in a property lettings manager programme - but I declined the offer, as I wanted to utilise more of my financial skills, as opposed to property management.
Another was in Auditing with Grant Thorntons LLP.
I also had final stage assessment centre with Baker Tilly, which I did not attend as I accepted a different offer:-

I accepted an offer with Atos: an IT giant that works in a number of sectors, that has just taken over Siemens, Phillips, Origin, Xerox and KPMG Consulting.
The role is in industry finance, as a Graduate Finance Specialist; I'll be studying either ACCA or CIMA (haven't yet decided, as I am due to start in August... I know its ages away! Think I might go travelling). Starting salary £26k, lots of benefits including 6 month salary reviews. Also allocated 2 days in the week to study.
Just taken over KPMG Consulting? That was over a decade ago, in which time they've totally rebuilt their consulting practice
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Just taken over KPMG Consulting? That was over a decade ago, in which time they've totally rebuilt their consulting practice
My apologies, I meant to say they have taken over .. Etc etc ... But they are in the process of taking over Xerox for £1.1bn
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Universities may demand it in some cases, but you don't need more than GCSE Maths for accountancy. Some AS stuff may help but most A2 stuff is utterly useless for it. An understanding of statistics can help for finance and management accountancy, however, but more important is to understand how to use spreadsheets.
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I had no A-level maths and dropped out within the first semester. Accounting is basically all maths with a little writing
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Odd, it's not a particularly math-heavy subject; as in, where it does factor in, computer programs do a lot of the heavy lifting. Finance is more quantitative, however, but nothing like you'd see on A2.
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Odd, it's not a particularly math-heavy subject; as in, where it does factor in, computer programs do a lot of the heavy lifting. Finance is more quantitative, however, but nothing like you'd see on A2.
It's more the logical thinking that maths instills rather than the actual maths content
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